THE BEST OF GREECE – 2019

On this Best of Greece tour, discover the best of historic and mythical—as well as modern—Greece. As the birthplace of Western civilization, Greece has some of the world’s most fascinating archaeological sites and now is your chance to explore the Greek Isles on your affordable tour of Greece. Your tour starts and ends in Athens and overnights along the way in Nauplia, Sparta, Olympia, Delphi, and Kalambaka.

Step back in time as you visit some of Greece’s ancient sites where the Mycenaean civilization thrived in Greece between 1600 and 1200 BC. At the Mycenae archaeological site, learn about this civilization as you enjoy the guided sightseeing of the monuments erected here between 1350 and 1200 BC. In Athens, visit the Acropolis, still standing after 2,500 years. Dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Acropolis sits high on a rocky hill and is a symbol of the wealth and power of Athens at its apex. Visit the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus and marvel at the perfect acoustics. You’ll step back in history—but not as far back as Ancient Greece—when you enjoy sightseeing of the medieval Byzantine Citadel of Mystra, a castle founded in 1249. Also, visit the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries set in almost inaccessible sandstone peaks.

On this affordable Greece tour, you’ll travel to Olympia, legendary home of the Olympic Games, and Delphi, where people visited in ancient Greece to seek the advice of the Oracle. But that’s not all…you’ll experience modern Greece as well. Cross over the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, the spectacular Rion-Antirion Bridge, which links the Peloponnese to the Greek mainland.

From the ancient ruins to contemporary engineering —with beautiful landscapes in between—this tour through Greece is perfectly designed for value-minded travelers. You’ll agree that your affordable Greece tour is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday!

NOTE: Preview itineraries and inclusions are based on 2018 packages, and are subject to modification. Full 2019 itinerary and inclusion details will be available in September 2018.

Day by Day Itinerary

1.  ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital. Later, meet your Tour Director.

2.  ATHENS.
A day to discover Athens at leisure, visiting one of the museums or strolling through the Plaka district, or an opportunity to see island life from the cruise ship on the optional 3-island cruise, visiting Aegina, Poros, and Hydra. (B)

3.  ATHENS-CORINTH-NAUPLIA.
Join the included guided tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital with a visit to the ACROPOLIS. Next, cross the spectacular CORINTH CANAL with some free time for lunch. Later, head for the coast to Nauplia. (B)

4.  NAUPLIA-EPIDAURUS-MYCENAE-SPARTA.
Two highlights today: Enjoy the included excursion to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE and the MUSEUM OF MYCENAE, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in old and warrior kings. Then, stop in EPIDAURUS, located in the hilly countryside dotted with pine trees and oleanders. In this magnificent setting, visit the ancient OPEN-AIR THEATER that can still seat 14,000 spectators. Travel deep into the Peloponnese to Sparta, where history hangs between reality and legend. (B,D)

5.  SPARTA-MYSTRA-OLYMPIA.
Enjoy the included sightseeing of the medieval BYZANTINE CITADEL OF MYSTRA, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” Continue to Olympia. (B,D)

6.  OLYMPIA-PATRAS-DELPHI.
Focus on Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honor of the king of deities. Learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. Later, drive north to Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast’s largest port. Then, via the spectacular RIONANTIRION BRIDGE through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystical Delphi. (B)

7.  DELPHI-KALAMBAKA.
Optional morning sightseeing of the archaeological site in Delphi. Once called the “Navel of the Earth,” Delphi was the greatest oracle of the ancient world, where people flocked to seek advice. Now, it’s one of the grandest sites in Greece. On to Kalambaka. (B,D)

8.  KALAMBAKA-METEORA- ATHENS.
A short drive to Meteora, a cluster of spectacular Christian Orthodox MONASTIC BUILDINGS perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. They were originally built by hermit monks living in caves carved into the rocks. Later, drive south to Athens. Why not join the optional Greek dinner? (B)

9.  ATHENS.
A full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, do last-minute shopping, or maybe even join an optional excursion. (B)

10.  ATHENS.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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